35 Sometimes Hilarious Things Popes Have Signed or Autographed


Popes have signed lots of things throughout the centuries… promulgations, encyclicals, letters, treaties, baseballs, motorcycles, surf boards.

that escalated quickly

haha. Enjoy 35 photos of Popes signing things.


1. Opening Vatican II-John XXIII

The Second Vatican Council was opened by Pope John XXIII on October 11, 1962.

vatican ii


2. A Papal BullPope Innocent III

This is the lead seal (“bulla”) from a bull, from Innocent III.

Bull seal Innocent III


3. Speech to the United Nations-Paul VI

Paul VI was the first Pope to address the United Nations on October 4, 1965.



4. White House Guest Book-John Paul II

First Pope to visit the White House, October 1979.

first pope at white house


5. The encyclical Lumen Fidei

An encyclical started by Benedict XVI and completed by Francis.

lumen fidei


6. Another Papal bull-Urban VI

Papal Bull Urban VI


7. Apostolic exhortation Verbum Domini



8. The encyclical Pacem in Terris


Pope John XXIII signs his encyclical "Peace on Earth" ("Pacem in Terris") at the Vatican in this 1963 file photo. Considered a highlight in Catholic social teaching, the encyclical addresses universal rights and relations between states. The document marks its 50th anniversary April 11, the date of its issue. (CNS photo) (April 1, 2013)


9. Something Phenomenological

a profound thing


10. Theology that would blow your mind

another encyclical


11. Yet another guestbook

another guest book


12. Profundity

another profound thing


13. BXVI wuz here

BXVI wuz here


14. This book

John Paul II

this book


15. Guest book at the United Nations


Pope Francis, right, finishes signing a guest book as United Nations Secretary Ban Ki-moon helps him close the book at the United Nations headquarters, Friday, Sept. 25, 2015. (Joshua Lott/Pool Photo via AP)

16. Benedict XV swamped with paperwork



17. Pius XII contemplating signing something

Pope Pius XII (41)


18. Also this blessing


19. Correcting the Archbishop of Canterbury’s theology homework

“Not bad, my son, but we still have some work to do.  Very close though, very close…”



20. This baseball

Paul VI



21. That baseball

John Paul II

Anderson, Sparky ball signed by pope


22. The internet

*mind blown*

something online


23. Fangirl’s autograph book

ROME, ITALY - JANUARY 19: Pope Francis signs an autograph as he visits Roman Parish of Sacro Cuore di Gesu' on January 19, 2014 in Rome, Italy. Pope Francis made a pastoral visit to Rome's Sacro Cuore Basilica in the context of the Church's 100th annual World Day for Migrants and Refugees. The parish of the Basilica dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus is run by the Salesians of Don Bosco, and operates an outreach to the city's homeless and itinerant populations, as well as a centre of welcome and hospitality for more than 400 young refugees and asylum seekers. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)


24. The dinner check

the dinner check


25. This Harley motorcycle fender

a Harley


26. That Harley fender

Francis Harley


27. Each others’ yearbooks

“Have an awesome summer, 2 cool + 2 be= 4 got” -Frank +

Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill of Moscow sign a joint declaration during a meeting at Jose Marti International Airport in Havana Feb. 12. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See POPE-PATRIARCH-CUBA Feb. 12, 2016.


28. The Great signs an autograph for The Greatest



29. A Sticky Wicket

Is this a Cricket thing?  I think this is a Cricket thing.

sticky wicket


30. This Surfboard



31. Wikipedia

pope benedict signature 2


32. The Tweeter

Follow Pope Francis @Pontifex.

the Tweeter


33. The letter “F”

For “Francis”.

Francis sign language


34. The number 2

2 Popes?

Francis number 2


35. International sign for sunglasses

JPII eyes



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